I was on the phone today having a lovely chat, thinking nothing of it, when the person at the other end came out with; “You’re a writer, aren’t you?” I hesitated for a second. A few days ago my answer would’ve rolled off the tongue without a second thought. Something like; “Well, I’m trying to… Continue reading How to answer the question – ‘Are you a writer?’
Some questions I have been asking myself recently… Is there any point? Will my work ever be as good as the stuff I love to read? Is writing a waste of time for me? Is that piece I submitted a few weeks ago actually any good? You get the gist… I’m led to believe that… Continue reading My writing is rubbish. What’s the point?
I’m sure you’ve seen the adverts for those dreamy sounding writing retreats in rural Cornwall or sunny Provence. Well, I wanted in on that. But unfortunately my budget and diary wouldn’t quite stretch. I wasn’t going to let a couple of minor details like that stand in my way, though. So, I decided to try… Continue reading Review: My DIY Writing Retreat in Whitby
I keep fawning over adverts for writing retreats in beautiful remote places, dreaming of the escapism, the torrent of ideas I’d come up with and the pages of stunning prose I’d produce away from the daily grind. Whilst unfortunately I don’t have umpteen hundred pounds and unlimited days to spend researching and drafting, I have… Continue reading Planning my DIY writing retreat
Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending an inspiring workshop on flash fiction, led by the brilliant Linda Grierson Irish, whom I met on the Comma Press short story course. I have dabbled with the form before, naively assuming that because of short word counts, flash fiction pieces would be quicker and easier… Continue reading How to write flash fiction
This is the first complete piece I ever wrote. I entered it for a competition organised by Liverpool writing group, The Poised Pen. They required flash inspired by the ‘Another Place’ sculptures at Crosby beach. I was absolutely flabbergasted when my name appeared on the long list. It was such an important confidence boost as… Continue reading Revisiting old writing – ‘Waiting for Bill’
Ok, so my new year’s resolution was to write a post each week. Alas, this hasn’t happened. But I’m going to bypass the huge temptation to just shove the blog idea to one side after just three posts and treat it as a small pothole in the road. Every writer is super busy. There… Continue reading Falling off the writing wagon
I have never been as moved by a book as I was when reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. It’s the most memorable story I’ve read in years, probably because Backman so elegantly and subtly reminds us that people behave as they do for many different, complicated reasons, which gives them a totally… Continue reading Review – Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Right? Someone tweeted this the other day and it resonated with me. A lot. I do feel like I have something to say, multiple things, but when it comes to sculpting them into a short story with a clear plot, that’s where I often come unstuck. I have several ideas (which I take to be… Continue reading Short story ideas – headlines as prompts
When I first embarked seriously on creative writing I read a lot of books and listened to many a podcast about the craft of storytelling. I’m always fascinated to hear from authors about how they do it. (I still haven’t really got to the bottom of it)..
One of the things I kept hearing from writers is that they’re constantly observing the world around them, watching how people act and react, letting seeds of ideas grow. It was something that seemed to be innate, not a conscious action.
Darn. I hadn’t been doing this. Maybe I wasn’t meant to be a writer after all?